The party left Fort Ash and traveled south following a report of a caravan attack. After reaching the scene of the attack the Paladin of Cromes, Ailbhe, discovered a trail leading into the woods that had clearly been used by the orcs. The group followed the trail into the forest, with Hiyodori the Kitsune scouting ahead from the safety of the woods. Unfortunately, two orcs were still able to nearly surprise the group.
Ailbhe was able to spot them before they could, and battle ensued. Mariah the woods with and Hero the blind monk teamed up to eliminate one orc, while Ailbhe and Hiyodori took out the other. The party then returned to the fort to get more information and plan their night-time attack.